February 19, 2021: National Labor Relations Board rules on Elon’s Request for Review

On Feb. 19, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision on Elon University’s request that the board review the NLRB Acting Regional Director’s (ARD) decision that Elon’s adjunct, limited term and visiting faculty members were not managerial under the National Labor Relations Act and therefore were eligible to form a union.

The NLRB agreed with Elon’s position advocating for a revised standard to determine whether part-time faculty are managerial employees. The NLRB then applied the new standard to the information previously presented in the Elon case and affirmed the earlier ruling by the Acting Regional Director.

The university is carefully reviewing this complex ruling and will consider all available options in support of its collaborative model of shared governance before making a decision about next steps.

Please check this website regularly for additional updates. This site also provides answers to frequently asked questions about union representation and the election process, as well as offering an overview of communications by the university as unionization has been considered.


September 17, 2019: Elon files Request for Review with the National Labor Relations Board

On Sept. 17, 2019, Elon University asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to review the NLRB Acting Regional Director’s (ARD) decision to certify the Service Employees International Union, Workers United Southern Region (SEIU) as the exclusive collective bargaining representative for Elon’s part-time, limited term and visiting faculty members. Elon is asking the NLRB to overrule the ARD’s decision and dismiss the SEIU’s petition based on a number of considerations.

Among the issues that the university has included in the Request for Review, the university contends that the regional director did not fully evaluate questions about Elon’s unique system of shared governance in his examination of the union election. The university has asked the NLRB to review the original premise of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) petition, which the university believes seeks to create a labor-management system that is separate from Elon’s current shared system.

This is the next step in an established NLRB process. More information about the timeline of this election is available here.

Please check this website regularly for additional updates. This site also provides answers to frequently asked questions about union representation and this election process, as well as offering an overview of communications by the university as unionization has been considered.